Sumda Chun monastery, (in) Sumdah, Jammu and Kashmir, IN

Raw data

"Sumda Chun Monastery
Sumda Chon Monastery is around 65kms to the southwest of Leh, which is connected by a motorable road, upto Sumdo. The track starts ascending to the west, through a gorge from the left bank of the stream. At one point, the track crosses to the right bank and ascent becomes little more difficult. One or two houses come in the way before another gorge appears on the right which leads to the Sumda chon Monastery and towards the left leads to Sumda Chenmo. This track goes along the stream with plantations of Willow. After walking for an hour the monastery appears above the village houses. There is another short track from Alchi through Stakspila, the ascent from Alchi is more difficult and long compare to Sumda side. The pass is open only in summer. The Sumda Chon Monastery was probably founded during the period of Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo with Alchi Choskor and Mangu Monastery. The monastery comprises of three temples. The assembly hall has the image of four headed Vairocana, as the central or main image which is nicely decorated probably better than the Alchi and the Mangu Monasteries. The wall has murals of four Buddhas i.e. Ratnasambhava, Akshokhya, Amitabha, Amogasiddhi and Vairocana." -
Input by: tmciolek, Mar 21, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 21 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Sumda Chun monastery, IN.

General location of the Sumda Chun monastery, IN.
Lat 34.13356 Long 77.15076
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=34.13356,77.15076&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Jammu and Kashmir

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 34.13356 Long 77.15076 - based on visual identification of the Sumda site in maps/satellite imagery (guided by -, - tmciolek, 21 Mar 2013.
  • The site of Sumda Chun monastery is not to be confused with the presently unidentified monastic structure at Lat 33.22812 Long 78.2984, situated some distance from the Sumdo village at Lat 33.2341 Long 78.3667 (see, nor with any structure in vicinity of another Sumdo settlement such, as the one at 32.0530 78.6072 - tmciolek, 21 Mar 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag: 0967-99p 1000-32p 1033-66p - tmciolek 21 Mar 2013
  • 0967-99p 1000-32p 1033-66p 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> date-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

  • MBM chrono-tag: 1200=> - tmciolek 21 Mar 2012

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Architectural, Art stylistical

16. Additional notes

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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Available Printed Literature

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